Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha Today

New Delhi: Today the Bill of Triple Talaq will be considered by the Rajya Sabha for its voting and if it gets majority, then instant Talaq which is prevalent among the Muslims will become a penal offence under the Indian Penal Code.

On December 27 the The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 was passed by the Lok Sabha with 245 votes and only 11 votes were against it.

But at Rajya Sabha, the ruling government may face difficulty as many parties previously had done walkout in the lower house and those parties along with other who are opposing may oppose in the Upper House.

Last year the Supreme Court of India held the instant talaq as unconstitutional and had asked the Centre to promulgate an ordinance for prohibiting it.

The Distribution of Party Votes are as follows

Parties for-

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have only 73 seats out of 244 in the Upper House. The NDA would need 123 votes for the Bill to pass it from the Rajya Sabha.

Other supporters of the NDA, Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are having three seats each.

In total, the Bill could get 80 votes, which is not sufficient.

Others whose stand is uncertain are having around 27 seats.

Even if those will vote for the Bill, then also it will not reach to the required number for converting the Bill into law.

Parties against-

Congress which is the leading opposition has 50 seats.

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has 13 seats.

The Left parties — Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) — have seven seats together. Both parties are expected to vote against the bill.

The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) are likely to vote against the bill. Both the parties have four and 13 seats each in Rajya Sabha.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), with six MPs in Rajya Sabha is likely to vote against the bill.

Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is of the opinion that the bill brings in a criminal angle to a legislation on civil matters and is hence expected to vote against it. BJD has nine MPs in Rajya Sabha.

Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP, with four and six Rajya Sabha seats respectively, are also expected to vote against the bill.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which had earlier accused the BJP of seeking to make political gains by posing itself as the champion of Muslim women’s cause, is likely to vote against the bill. AAP has three seats in Rajya Sabha.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), led by Tejashwi Yadav, is also likely to vote against the bill.

If all the above parties vote in the manner outlined, this would add up to 137 votes against the bill.

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